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Fleetwood resigns as Berlin’s administrator

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Says he had been weighing his retirement for months, wanted to see budget pass By Greg Ellison (April 21, 2022) Berlin Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood announced his retirement on Monday with a departure slated for tomorrow. Fleetwood, who was originally hired as human resources director in 2010 moved into his current role in August 2019…. Read more »

Voters get ballot for referendum on bylaws rewrite

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OPA members have until mid-May to have their say By Greg Ellison (April 21, 2022) Ocean Pines officials are sending out referendum ballots this week for a slate of proposed bylaws language revisions. Homeowners are being presented with 28 potential changes to bylaws, with ballots due back by May 19 at 4 p.m. The language… Read more »

Easter activities listed for Pines, Berlin, resort

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(April 14, 2022) Bunny meeting and candy hunting activities abound over Easter weekend in Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Berlin. Ocean City The Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street will host both a “Kids Fun Fair” and Easter Arts & Crafts Show on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids… Read more »

Oasis Nutrition gains popularity in Ocean Pines

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By Greg Ellison (April 14, 2022) In the few months since opening in Ocean Pines, Oasis Nutrition owners Ben Tarnoff and Kenya Flores have quickly built up a roster of regular customers drawn in by healthy and affordable options. The couple, who previously started a handful of Oasis franchises on the Eastern Shore, took over… Read more »

Berlin retains same tax rate as last year

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Discussion suggests levy will go up in years ahead By Greg Ellison (April 14, 2022) The Berlin Town Council’s discussion Monday of where to set the property tax rates in the new fiscal year resulted in an airing of concerns by department heads who said their needs are being ignored again. During first reading for… Read more »

Berlin utility funds capital requests reviewed by town

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By Greg Ellison (April 14, 2022)  The Berlin mayor and Town Council reviewed roughly $3.5 million in FY23 capital budget requests on Monday for utility funds, including electric, water and wastewater. Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence said FY23 expenditures totaling $695,000 would be covered by estimated operating revenues of $458,000 and $237,000 from new development… Read more »

OP Fire gets state aid for big project

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Officials say South Station needs $7 million rebuild By Greg Ellison (April 7, 2022) After securing $1.35 million in state funding, Ocean Pines Fire Department officials are looking to rebuild the four-decade old South Station for approximately $7 million, with the community on the hook for about half the tab. Ocean Pines Fire Department President… Read more »

Auxer creates ‘Berlin Love Locks’ to mark memories

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By Greg Ellison (April 7, 2022) Hoping to spread positivity and warm memories, blown-glass artisan Jeff Auxer referenced visions from Italy to create “Berlin Love Locks,” a trio of large gate-like panels outside his studio and gallery on Jefferson Street. “Love Locks,” a long popular romantic tradition for couples in Europe and elsewhere, are padlocks… Read more »

Pines Election Committee preps for pending board contest

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By Greg Ellison (April 7, 2022) In addition to testing new equipment and reviewing the ballot design, the Ocean Pines Election Committee last week produced candidate forum questions for this summer’s board of directors election. Three seats are open this year. They are now held by Director Larry Perrone, who was elected to a first… Read more »

Town Council reschedules tax hearing

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Department heads say they have cut budget to bare bones By Greg Ellison (March 31, 2022) With expenditure requests outpacing projected revenues in its FY23 draft budget, the Berlin Town Council voted on Monday to delay a scheduled public hearing for real property tax rates until April 11. During a first reading for the proposed… Read more »